US Congressman David Jolly recently toured Robotic Parking Systems‘ manufacturing facility in Clearwater, FL where he received a demonstration of the company’s innovative automated parking technology.
Congressman Jolly represents Florida’s 13th Congressional District which covers Pinellas County where the company is located. As a member of the Subcommittee on Transportation, Housing and Urban Development, he understands transportation issues and how more efficient and space-saving parking can assist urban development projects.
In early April 2014 we began issuing the purchase orders for the tens of thousands of components and materials required to build the machinery for the 2350 space robotic parking garage. Many of the parts have normal lead times of 4 to 6+ months. Fortunately, we have some great vendors who were able to expedite our orders to help us meet some very tight delivery deadlines.
While waiting for the mechanical and electrical parts to begin arriving, steel was ordered; and the fabrication teams began building the frames for the Robotic Parking System Vertical Lift Conveyor (VLC) machines and counterweights.
VLC machines are used to lift and lower cars from one level of the parking facility to another, similar to an elevator.
NBC New York reports that a Manhattan parking garage attendant plunged several floors down an elevator shaft in the Audi he was driving.
The attendant working at the Central Parking Garage fell from the fifth floor and landed between the first and second floor. He was able to climb out of the car before FDNY arrived on scene and was taken to the hospital with non-life threatening injuries.
This sort of personal injury cannot happen with a Robotic Parking System. Electo-mechanical machinery moves the cars into and out of ground floor entry / exit terminals without human intervention. This is an added level of safety for both the public and parking attendants.
It’s that time again. Friday, September 20, is PARK(ing) Day.
PARK(ing)Day is a worldwide event where community members turn metered parking spots into temporary public oases. Local organizers collaborate to design and create an open space that matches the needs of their community. Makeovers range from urban farms and art installations, to parks and bike repair shops.
PARK(ing) Day is the creation of San Francisco based art and design studio Rebar, who in 2005 converted a single metered parking spot into a park. The initiative represents a growing desire to transform urban spaces into public areas that benefit the community.
There are 500 million surface parking lots in the U.S. alone. In some cities, parking lots take up one-third of all land area. (Source: Jared Green in Grist)
Using technology such as automated, robotic parking can drastically reduce the amount of land area needed for parking and free up space for green, open areas for the community. This is a win-win for both those on both sides of the debate.